For the love of reading

Join the End of summer read-a-thon at Invermere library Wednesday, August 28th

By Blair McFarlane

Community Outreach Intern

It’s no surprise that a librarian would love to read, but I really, really love reading. My first email address was “bookwormblair@”, and I basically went to school for reading (in the form of an English degree). I’ve been an avid reader my whole life, and the books I have read have had as significant of an impact on my life as any person or place (if not more so). Stephen King says, “books are a uniquely portable magic,” and he’s so right. A book is able to take you anywhere in the world, or outer space, or perhaps to Middle Earth or Hogwarts. You are able to go on wild adventures, endure hardships, fall in love, or slay a dragon all from the comfort of your cozy reading spot. You can be scared by a book or find yourself sobbing because of a particularly heartbreaking moment, but that can be very cathartic, and so it’s still a comforting activity. When I read as a kid, it was for fun—to collect as many stories as possible and learn all that I could. As an adult, I still read for fun, but now “fun” means escaping reality and pretending I don’t have any responsibilities or problems. While reading, I’m only worried about the characters and their realities, and mine disappear as long as the book is open. When I asked other library staff members, they agreed that escapism is the best part about reading. We all need a way to disconnect from our real lives every now and then, and a book is the perfect tool for that. I also find that my real-world problems are often put into perspective through books, and I might even find a solution within the pages.

It can be hard to find the time to sit down and read with our busy schedules. That’s why the Invermere Library’s End-of-Summer Read-a-thon is the perfect opportunity for you to unwind for an hour with a good book. We want to find out how many pages our community can read in an hour, so please join us on Wednesday, August 28th at 6:15 p.m. to find a book and a spot to sit before the timer starts at 6:30! The children’s area will be for quiet reading aloud to our not-quite-independent readers, with silent reading the mezzanine. There will be a prize for the individual who reads the most pages (per age group)!

If you’ve had a busy summer, come chill out for an hour, or if you’re dreading the upcoming school year (even a little bit) come and distract yourself with a good book at our End-of-Summer Read-a-thon!

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